Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that [my sheep] may have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) Sometimes, however, we don’t feel quite so full when we’re suffering physically, emotionally or spiritually, and we need a personal touch from Jesus. James, the brother of Jesus, admonishes us to come for prayer:
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Members of Holy Spirit’s healing prayer ministry are available every Sunday during communion to pray for that touch, but on Sunday, October 14th, we will have a special time of prayer for God’s healing. This would be an excellent time to invite someone from your oikos to visit, especially to ask for prayer for a special need.
During the time we would normally have the Prayers of the People, teams of two from the healing prayer ministry will be available in front of the church to anoint and pray for healing or other needs. For time’s sake, the prayers will be short, but God is not limited by our constraints. He is always at work and hears the cries of our hearts. He will heal and restore and give us life to the full if we will but ask. Remember the woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years (Mark 5:24-34)? She was desperate for healing. Overcoming her fear, she reached out and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment … and was instantly healed. Jesus didn’t condemn her for making Him unclean (see Leviticus 15:19-27) but praised her faith and sent her off in peace. No prayer request is too small for our God of love and mercy. Come to Him with your needs and allow Him to touch you deeply.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8) Come with your needs (and with someone from your oikos) or the needs of a loved one, and lay those needs before God in prayer so that you my “have life, and have it to the full.”